Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Giles Coke until the end of the season.
Following a traumatic week for the experienced midfielder relating to registration, the EFL and FA granted permission for Coke to sign for the Mariners, much to the delight of his new manager Paul Hurst.
"I'm really pleased, not just for ourselves but for the player as well. When I delivered the news last week that it looked like he couldn't sign for us, you could see him get quite emotional really, angry, annoyed and disappointed because in the few weeks we have had him here, he has worked incredibly hard but also the extra sessions he was putting in to prove his desire and show the work he is willing to put in.
"I have no doubt he can be part of the match day squad. Whether or not he could give us a full 90 minutes would be a bit of a wait and see situation and that's something I would have to take into consideration. He is an experienced player and I know he will be able to use his head at the right times but he was really pleased when we gave him the news and he is now desperate to be involved.
"He's a really experienced player. He has been at some big clubs but after a difficult period for him, he can show that he is still capable of playing League football. I think he can bring that experience to the squad. When he joined us and didn't know the players, he was straight away speaking to all of them and even though we've only had small periods of time together, he has been giving guidance. A couple of weeks ago in an eleven vs. eleven, the lads who were playing in front of him commented on how he helped them through the game in terms of tactically and positionally.
"He not only brings that but his range of passing and composure on the ball. During the second period on Saturday, I think maybe his range of passing could have helped us create a few more problems for the opposition. He adds competition but ultimately, he will be wanting to push for a place in the squad".
The 34-year-old penned his first professional contract with Mansfield Town in 2005 before representing clubs such as Northampton Town, Motherwell, Sheffield Wednesday and most recently Hereford where he will now join up with former teammate Lenell John-Lewis.
Coke has been training with the Mariners for a number of weeks and is now delighted that the issue with his registration has now been resolved.
"I am absolutely delighted! It's been a tough week or two not knowing if I would be able to sign, but I am just so happy that it has been able to get sorted.
"I have really been enjoying my time here so far. We have got a really good bunch of players now, especially with some new signings coming in which always lifts the place, so I personally am really happy looking at this squad and hopefully we can now start putting in performances to get results and get points onto the board.
"I have played at a good level for many years, so I am looking to bring in that experience. We have got a good mixture of young and old throughout the squad now so I think with a few good results we can really crack on and push up that table. The position of the club never put me off. I am always up for a fight and a battle, I have done that throughout my career and being here the last few weeks, not only is that my mindset, I can see it is with all the players and that is why I am confident we can turn this around".
Giles will wear the number 8 shirt for the Mariners this season and will be eligible for our next fixture vs. Exeter City on Saturday 20th February, 1pm kick-off. You can purchase your match passes for the game over on iFollow Mariners.